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Will Save the Galaxy for Food

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,768 ratings  ·  314 reviews
A not-quite epic science fiction adventure about a down-on-his luck galactic pilot caught in a cross-galaxy struggle for survival! Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked in ...more
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Dark Horse Books
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Patrick
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised to see this sitting on the shelf when I stopped by a bookstore down in Florida to sign some books. I've been a fan of Yahtzee's work on Zero Punctuation for a while, but I've been busy lately, and don't listen to it as faithfully as I used to.

More importantly, I really enjoyed his previous book Jam. (Which is, of course, a much bigger indicator of weather or not I'll actually like a book.)

Simply said, he's kind of an irritatingly good writer. His books are fun and easy
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Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
I love peanut butter. Imagine this introduction was pure, rich creamy peanut butter Reese's Cups.This book had one of the funniest and cynically appreciative introductions in I've read in a long time, with so much action and character interactions laced with cynically charming humour - it was intoxicating and I thought it would help me end 2018 on a bang.

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The story follows a man who was a magnificent star pilot who saved worlds along with many other star pilots. This is so much like a story of w
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a hooded figure from your friendly neighbourhood dog park
I was really enjoying the book, but the ending left me feeling... unsatisfied? It just seemed like the author got tired of the characters and stopped. Not sure if it meant to be a cliffhanger or a downer.
DarkChaplain
Review also published here

Will Save the Galaxy for Food is an incredibly enjoyable science fiction satire novel. I enjoyed my time with it immensely. Not only did it drip with sarcasm and just plain ridiculous ideas, but it also had some very interesting points to make about the dangers of finding oneself obsolete. While it seems like just a comedic sci-fi romp, it actually offers a lot more depth than is immediately apparent.

The protagonist (and first-person narrator) is a down-on-his-luck
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Chris (The Genre Fiend)
Originally posted to Geek of Oz here.

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Way back in 2010, celebrated video game critic, acerbic host of Zero Punctuation and permanent cynic Yahtzee Croshaw released Mogworld. His first published novel through Dark Horse Books, Mogworld was a delightful, parodic send-up of MMORPGs like World of Warcraft coupled with a surprisingly emotional "what measure is a man"-style plot about the life of a video game NPC. This welcome debut was followed two years later by Jam, a black comedy involving a bun
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Wreade1872
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this is a space gangster satire. Think the 'Transporter' movies but with more of the vibe of a 'Layer Cake' or 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels', but in space :) . It is funny in places but the dangers are still real.

This is going to make me sound like a bit of a doint but holy-tract, i was not expecting to give a ply-ing Yahtzee book five stars.
Also this has some new adjectives which you should easily pickup, unless your some sort of complete bracket. I shall add them to my space lexicon
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Jason Parent
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was fun, tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic, and somewhat clever. The ending was both frustrating and enjoyable.

The only thing I didn't like was the reference to Errol Flynn, an out-of-date reference now, never mind from a Lunarian presumably many centuries in the future.

Anyway, hardly seems a point to take any points over. 5 Stars
Kim
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Humor is subjective, and I'm sorry I subjected myself to this book.
Chris Lemmerman
Nameless Protagonist #3 is a washed up star pilot who, through a series of increasingly insane coincidences, finds himself on the run from the law, the space-equivalent of the Godfather, and all of the other star pilots too. Joined by a woman with less emotions than a rock and two children from opposite ends of the adorable spectrum, this novel is like if Hitchhiker's Guide and a math dictionary had a baby.

Croshaw's quick wit, random asides, and insanely descriptive (sometimes uncomfortably so)
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Patrick
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A hilariously clever satire of sci-fi space adventures and a must-read for fans of Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Matt Groening's Futurama.
Carys
Feb 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
satire (n)/ˈsatʌɪə/
noun
1. the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
2. in "Will Save the Galaxy for Food", the use of useless humour, attempted irony and over-exaggeration to expose the fact that Yahtzee Croshaw is a terrible writer.

This was an awful book.

You know in Red Dwarf Series 6 and 7, when the jokes started to become really formulaic and over-rely o
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Elizabeth
An action-y, sci-fi satire that follows a hapless space pilot whose been monetarily persuaded into impersonating an infamous writer for a spoiled brat's birthday. Said pilot's get-rich-quick scheme quickly spirals out-of-control as plenty of characters with personal grudges come out of the woodwork to settle their grievances with the newly-located "writer".

Pros: a tighter narrative feel than Croshaw's earlier works, a demented family-road-trip theme that recalls Chuck Palahniuk's Lullaby, fun wi
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Цветозар Бонев
I have been a fan of Yahtzee's work in the form of Zero Punctuation since the moment I first heard his amazingly colorful way of expression. From the moment in which I heard that the man was also a novelist I marked both his previous books as to-read but just never got around to them. I did get around to reading Will Save the Galaxy for Foor (obviously) and boy did I enjoy it. Sci-fi satire? Written in the eloquent hand of the mastermind behind Zero Punctuation? Don't mind if I do. I simply love ...more
terpkristin
I picked this up because I really enjoy Zero Punctuation. And I also needed to use an Audible credit.

Do you remember back when Family Guy or Simpsons was "good" and it would start in one setting and you thought you knew where the story was going, but then by the end it went somewhere else entirely and yet you enjoyed the ride? That's pretty much how this book went.

Light, fluffy, and quick. And narrated by Yahtzee. Definitely silly but as I started reading it at the same time as I did Gateway,
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Dave Boorn
His best book yet.

Other than his weird obsession with the word nacelle, Croshaw has gotten a lot better at writing over time. It's a good story and genuinely funny however if you didn't like his last two books then this is unlikely to change your mind.

He's mostly know for his Zero Punctuation videos but everyone should check out his let's drown out series with Gabriel. You'll notice a few things from this book have obviously been inspired by the conversations he has on those videos.

Comes high
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John P
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Good light entertainment. Mr. Croshaw has an active imagination reminiscent in some ways of Kurt Vonnegut (as in Sirens of Titan) without the dark edges.

This is a quick fun read and the plot moves along briskly if not feverishly. There are several actual truly funny scenes and dialog - so rare and delightful to find.

On the other hand, once the reader gets into the book and begins to anticipate the myriad 'unexpected' twists, the plot is fairly predictable.

The author is to be commended for creati
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Mohammad Abdellatif
An enjoyable space adventure that reminded me with the space quest game series.
I listened to the audio book version and it made it even more enjoyable.
A good book to suggest any person who is a fan of satirical science fiction like futurama or the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy.
Ralph
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
4.0 out of 5 - A funny romp through outer space with plenty of action and more depth than readily apparent.

During the golden age of space exploration, skilled star-pilots were needed to navigate the vastness of space. However, when Quantum Tunneling was invented allowing instantaneous travel to anywhere in the universe, star-pilots became irrelevant. When a former star-pilot, turned tour guide, is hired to impersonate Jacques McKeown, a famous author, beloved by his readers and despised by star-
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Jeff Harris
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, owned
An enjoyable listen but at times felt very repetitive. Minor spoiler: (view spoiler) While I didn't love the story, it also wasn't bad. The concept was a great one to explore: what happens when space travel becomes obsolete by advanced technology? But it wasn't actually explored.

I
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Jenna
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-a, own
A silly space romp that was entertaining and funny. Nothing to write home about but enjoyable enough to read another story by this author in the future.
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
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I liked a lot of this but that ending left me wanting a lot more! I thought it was pretty abrupt but I did really like listening to, and reading, this book. If you're looking for some good satirical Science Fiction, this is for you!
Matthew Fitzgerald
A fun, swift, and very funny ride into a unique and surprisingly cohesive sci-fi world. If you're familiar with Croshaw's work, you won't be disappointed: sharp, biting jokes, colorful (and off-color) metaphors, and brisk, punchy narration. (The audiobook is definitely the way to go for this one.) But I was really surprised how nimbly he spins a good yarn, populated with good characters (even the one-note ones), while still bringing the funny. And even more surprising, he does it all while layin ...more
Alice
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my favourite Yahtzee Croshaw book so far! I liked Mogworld, wasn't too keen on Jam, but Yahtzee's writing was so much better in this story. This was a very fun adventure, and the humour was done so well. Yahtzee's always been pretty good at writing female characters, but Warden and Jemima were so awesome. <3
Sam Hooker
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A satirical space adventure of epic proportions! A just-lucky-enough-to-stay-one-step-ahead-of-disaster space pilot is just lucky enough to ... well, you get it.

Much like his prior works, Croshaw ably weaves a richly detailed world teeming with opportunities for hapless heroes to be parted from life, or limb, or worse. One might think that departure from life or limb would BE the worst that could happen, but Croshaw has ways of proving one wrong.

Ingenious and laugh-out-loud hilarious from beginn
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Barb
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, audiobook
This was funnier than I expected. I laughed a lot while listening. I’m hoping there are more books with these characters. The narrator/author did a great job. The voices used for different characters were funny and appropriate and never got annoying.
Chêtto
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's like an instant Sunday afternoon classic. Very good book.
Warden McKeown relationship was fucking tiring some times. Would recommend. Won't read again .
Brendan
4.5

I think it's rare when a book comes along and plays out like a good old fashioned pulp novel from the good old fun times. Yahtzee Croshaw seems to be shooting off the hip with a lot of the story elements and I'm perfectly down for twisty narratives. This is the first Yahtzee Croshaw I have reviewed but it certainly won't be the last, especially when the book Jam is based on my home city of Brisbane.

The characters are the key to the success of this novel, the lead character is ambiguous to th
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David
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my optional review that the app says I can't leave empty but is optional....
Jacob
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is something about Yahtzee Croshaw that has always appealed to me. I discovered his Zero Punctuation just before it got picked up The Escapist back in 2007. His disdain for tropish literature and general cynicism for, well, everything puts him in the same mode of engaging various forms of media as I do. It wasn’t until 2010 that he wrote his first novel called Mogworld, which follows dead sorcerer who is dragged into the fickle strands of unlife by a renegade sorcerer. Mogworld was actuall ...more
Michael Hoffman
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patton Oswalt has a book called

"Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book By Patton Oswalt"

From the description on amazon

"Then there’s the book’s centerpiece, which posits that before all young creative minds have anything to write about, they will home in on one of three story lines: zombies, spaceships, or wastelands."

With this book, Yahtzee has now completed all of those story lines.

Zombies - Mogworld
Spaceships - Will Save The Galaxy For Food
Wasteland - Jam

All these books have been fun. In this book
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